Bob Morus founded and serves as President and Director of Winegrowing for Phelps Creek Vineyards. He moved to Hood River in 1989 with the expressed goal of raising wine grapes and kids. Today, the established estate vineyard consists of 32 acres with the breathtaking views from all rows of the vines.
When not tending the vines or overseeing all production aspects, Bob commands a Boeing 777 in international operations for a major airline.
Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandrine Roy joins us from Burgundy, France as Director of Winemaking. The fourth generation vigneron continually amazes our team with techniques steeped in tradition.
Originally tagged to produce a special cuvee from our estate Pinot Noir, her role has expanded to contributions on all aspects of PCV crush.
The Cellar/Vineyard Manager
Irineo Magana has been our Manager of Vineyard Operations for over 20 years.
The quality in the bottle begins with hours of hard work in the field. Irineo's commitment to quality grape production grows from personal pride in witnessing vineyards developing from cuttings to wines.
He coordinates the efforts of three brothers and numerous other workers in the field and winery.
A graduate of UC Davis's Wine program in its early years, Bill Swain moved his family to the Columbia Gorge over 30 years ago, seeking the perfect place to start his own winery. He and Bob "kicked the dirt" on Phelps Creek's estate vineyard before the land was purchased.
His vast winemaking experience flows through positions crafting wine in California, Oregon,Venezuela, Virginia and Washington. Bill returns to the Gorge in a dual role as our resident Enologist and Grandpa to his growing clan.
Ira Kreft joined the team in 2010. He assists Alexandrine Roy and Bill Swain, bringing an appreciation for both traditional winemaking practices and New World technology He enjoys nurturing the native yeast essential to Phelps Creek's unique expression of terroir. Earning his Certificate in Winemaking from U.C. Davis, Ira maintains a strong commitment to continuing education. Prior to joining our team, he volunteered with other wineries in Michigan and Oregon.
The general manager
Lynette Barss-Morus began her journey to Phelps Creek through a serendipitous visit to a Hong Kong wine bar. Unexpectedly, Lynette had ventured into the layover lair of Bob and his co-pilot. Aiming to impress the cute Canadian lass forced into sitting within close proximity, Bob ordered a bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir, expounding upon the virtues of the grape and its famous, movie star vintner.
Lynette spent 12 years in Asia giving marketing support for medical imaging equipment throughout the Pacific Rim. While overseas, she attended Hong Kong's prestigious WSET Academy (Wine and Spirits Educational Trust), earning Level III certification.
For all general business, invoice and billing inquiries, please contact Lynette at email@example.com or phone: 541.399.7928
national sales manager
Jon Wadman handles National Sales, which includes wholesale distribution across the US, specializing in Pacific Northwest and local Gorge sales.
Jon returns to our team after his international experience of teaching in the Middle East. Many of our wine club members might recognize him from his early days as a Tasting Room sales associate in Summer '12. When he's not out in the restaurants sharing our Phelps Creek Story, you can find Jon cheering on the Portland Timbers!
For wholesale accounts, restaurant pourings, or new sales inquiries, please contact Jon at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 503.799.5740
Tasting Room Associate
Brian Robb began his working relationship with Phelps Creek when he first captured our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blocks on camera for the Tasting Room. There we began to lure him into the world of wine!
Talk to him about his experience shooting numerous World Skiing Racing Championships and the Olympic Winter Games. He's traveled the world producing captivating images!
Brian can be reached at: email@example.com
Jean-Luc LaCosse and Vanessa Banuelos join us for the summer as Vineyard Ambassadors.
Jean-Luc didn’t grow up around vines coming from the Midwest. His interest in wine was originally sparked by the appreciation his parents had for it, and their willingness to share their hobby with him as a youth. Jean-Luc's interest eventually bloomed into a passion, bringing him all the way to Oregon to study wine-making; and landing an internship at the beautiful Phelps Creek Vineyards. Contact Jean-Luc at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vanessa comes to us with her degree in Business and a wealth of experience in hospitality. For years she assisted her Mom and Auntie in a local restaurant. She will continue to expand her wine and viticulture knowledge with us here at Phelps Creek Vineyards. Contact Vanessa at: email@example.com
Jean-Luc and Vanessa have completed their summer internships!
We wish Jean-Luc much success as he returns to college to continue his studies in Wine-Making.
We are excited to have Vanessa continue her career in the wine industry with us. Come see her in the Tasting Room.